Sunshine State: Essays

By Sarah Gerard
Read by Madeleine Maby

10.06 Hours 04/11/2017 unabridged
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With the personal insight of The Empathy Exams, the societal exposition of Nickel and Dimed, and the stylistic innovation and intensity of her own breakout debut novel, Binary Star, Sarah Gerard’s Sunshine State uses the intimately personal to unearth the deep reservoirs of humanity buried in the corners of our world often hardest to face. In the collection’s title essay, Gerard volunteers at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, a world-renowned bird refuge. There she meets its founder, who once modeled with a pelican on his arm for a Dewar’s Scotch campaign but has since declined into a pit of fraud and madness. He becomes our embezzling protagonist, whose tales about the birds he “rescues” never quite add up. Gerard’s personal stories are no less eerie or poignant: An essay that begins as a look at Gerard’s first relationship becomes a heart-wrenching exploration of acquaintance rape and consent. An account of intimate female friendship pivots midway through, morphing into a meditation on jealousy and class.Sunshine State offers a unique look at Florida, a state whose economically and environmentally imperiled culture serves as a lens through which we can examine some of the most pressing issues haunting our nation.

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Summary

Summary

With the personal insight of The Empathy Exams, the societal exposition of Nickel and Dimed, and the stylistic innovation and intensity of her own breakout debut novel, Binary Star, Sarah Gerard’s Sunshine State uses the intimately personal to unearth the deep reservoirs of humanity buried in the corners of our world often hardest to face.

In the collection’s title essay, Gerard volunteers at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, a world-renowned bird refuge. There she meets its founder, who once modeled with a pelican on his arm for a Dewar’s Scotch campaign but has since declined into a pit of fraud and madness. He becomes our embezzling protagonist, whose tales about the birds he “rescues” never quite add up. Gerard’s personal stories are no less eerie or poignant: An essay that begins as a look at Gerard’s first relationship becomes a heart-wrenching exploration of acquaintance rape and consent. An account of intimate female friendship pivots midway through, morphing into a meditation on jealousy and class.Sunshine State offers a unique look at Florida, a state whose economically and environmentally imperiled culture serves as a lens through which we can examine some of the most pressing issues haunting our nation.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Brave, keenly observational, and humanitarian…Gerard’s collection leaves an indelible impression.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“These large-hearted, meticulous essays offer an uncanny x-ray of our national psyche…showing us both the grand beauty of our American dreams and the heartbreaking devastation they wreak.” Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You
Sunshine State reminds us of who we really are underneath the skin we live in and the ground we stand on—and mercifully, there is still beauty, in spite of everything.” Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan
“Gerard manages to personalize the political and politicize the personal in ways that feel at once effortless and insanely ambitious…Some of the best essays I’ve read in the twenty-first century.” Kiese Laymon, author of Long Division

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Author Bio: Sarah Gerard

Sarah Gerard is the author of the novel Binary Star, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Award for First Fiction. Her short stories, essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, Paris Review Daily, Los Angeles Review of Books, Cut, Bomb, and other journals, as well as in anthologies for Joyland and the Saturday Evening Post. Gerard writes a monthly column for Hazlitt and teaches writing in New York City. She recently attended residencies at Yaddo and Tin House.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Literary Collections
Runtime: 10.06
Audience: Adult
Edition: English